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Pros: Over the last 2 years I have purchased 4 SSD drives. This was my first, yet fastest. I didn't run alot of speed tests or benchmarks, but running windows 7 this drive booted in what seemed like real time. I have a few other of the Sata III 6gb/s SSD's and this one booted windows the fastest. Low heat, was a workforce.
Cons: Died! Like most solid state memory, it just dies, you have zero warning. Its been 1 year 10 months and its dead. Was my OS drive, so didn't loose much data, but just the annoyance of recreating windows and installed programs and such. Running drive diagnostics, shows a chip and/or sector as bad. My guess is one of the chips gave out.
Other Thoughts: Windows started crashing, would be slow to install programs, kept getting blue screens after 20 or so minutes. Figured I had installed something that wasn't agreeing with windows, however, turns out the drive had gone south.
Crucial is good and I'm sure it will be fairly painless to RMA it, even after a few years (too bad I can't just do it through Newegg).
Don't let this deter you though, this drive was amazing.
Pros: Quiet, can't hear it over my system fans, even playing games (but not necessarily maxed out). Not that my gigabyte 6850 got all that loud either. Instant noticeable screen clarity difference; brighter, but in a good way. Games run smooth. Windows experience index went to 7.7 to 7.9, if that matters to you. (Sata III SSD, Win 7 ultimate, i7-3770k, 32gb ram, 850w psu). Since I was going from another ATI card, driver install was a breeze. Didn't uninstall anything, just swapped cards, turned on computer and downloaded latest catalyst drivers.
Cons: To install (and play) free games, you have to register and download from Steam, Origin. Don't really like either, but its how things are done these days. It means that if either of those services ever go belly-up, you don't get to play your game anymore.
Other Thoughts: This card is HUGE. No, not BIG...HUGE. Its about 2.3 slots high (as the fan area is raised) . Somehow, its even a few inches longer than my 6850. Course by now, everyone should know these things are long and big. I have a full tower case, so even this huge card was a complete breeze to install. There is still about 4 inches between the card on the drive bays on the other side. I'm guessing most mid tower cases would not fair so well though. The card is quite heavy too, really needs a retaining bracket on the end by the fan so the PCI slot doesn't have to hold up 1/2 the weight.
I do alot of gaming at 1920x1200 (16:10) so even though the GPU power jump from 6850 to 7870 wasn't massive, the extra gig of ram really shines through. Don't get me wrong, its definitely a quicker card too.
Like all cards you will ever get, its fairly old news by the time you install it. This one is still a good price point when on sale, so I picked one up.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Pros: To all those confused with activation, please see my "other thoughts."
Like many have said, if you need to modernize, this is the only stable version of Windows since XP Sp2. Personally, the switch over was cake. I enjoyed win 2000 for a long time, eventually went with XP, (avoiding ME and Vista), and now run a mix of XP and 7. Make sure you get 7 pro or higher, so you get all the functionality of networking and emulating XP. Windows 8 is tanking and worthless in a non tablet / touchscreen environment. Don't fret too much though, if you are forced into windows 8, as long as you have pro, you can always freely exercise downgrade rights to get back into windows 7 Pro. Every so often Newegg has a 20$ off code, which really makes it a more reasonable deal.
Cons: Its expensive in my opinion. They make too many versions and the average user gets in trouble not knowing what they are getting at the store (which is always "home" versions) which then you have to upgrade to get alot of domain / networking functionality.
Other Thoughts: Its OEM people. Newegg isn't pulling your chain. Microsoft isn't out to personally mess you up. Not specifically anyway. OEM is designed to be cheaper, because its meant to be installed in a fresh system that is being sold to someone else. To get around these requirements all you need to do is "prove" you purchased it with a new system. MEANING: Buy a stick of RAM or a Hard Drive with your OEM purchase and you are golden according to Microsoft. This is not meant to be used for a preexisting system and/or an upgrade from another OS. That being said, it will allow you to install as an upgrade (doing a full wipe/install) and will license just fine. To all those having problems, you are doing it wrong. Install this on a freshly formatted drive and you will have zero issues activating it.
This version can not (legally) be transferred to another system. If you want a copy of windows that you can basically do whatever you want to with it, you need to get the "RETAIL" version; which is usually at least $50 more. I don't like these practices by Microsoft, but its how they have been doing it for the last 10 years, a little late to blame them or Newegg for not understanding what OEM is and how to properly use OEM products...